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Gorilla Mask (Van Huffel / Fidezius / Fischerlehner): Brain Drain (Clean Feed)

The 4th album from German saxophonist Peter Van Huffel's Gorilla Mask, the 3rd on Clean Feed, is another powerful blending of jazz and rock forms in restless and profoundly determined music, energetic but intelligently structured, with great riffs and melodic grooves from Roland Fidezius (electric bass) and Rudi Fischerlehner (drums and percussion).
 

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Peter Van Huffel-alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, effects

Roland Fidezius-electric bass, effects

Rudi Fischerlehner-drums, percussion


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UPC: 5609063005400

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF540
Squidco Product Code: 28349

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Blackbird Music Studio in Berlin, Germany, on May 20th and 21st, 2019, by Christian Heck.

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"Peter Van Huffel's journey through the combination of jazz and rock, alien to the fusion tradition of the seventies and the collage of the nineties, proceeds with yet another opus from the Gorilla Mask gang, as always inclusive of the mindblowing rhythm section of Roland Fidezius and Rudi Fischerlehner.

Brain Drain is a mishmash of punk, metal, jazz, free improvisation and written avant-garde music, always in the process of construction and deconstruction, going from persistent, headbanging riffs and grooves to abstract and puzzling situations or vice-versa, without excuses nor preconceptions. Black Sabbath is in the house, as are John Coltrane and Albert Ayler, two primary influences of the Berlin-based canadian saxophonist. The energy is overwhelming, but there are melodies on it, not only hammering rhythms or crazy textures.

Highly emotional, but also structurally complex with fractured rhythms and bended tempos, this is the music of our present times: full of rage but also of joy. Deep, restless, invigorating and open to any possibility, all the qualities we expect from the art of sounds."-Clean Feed

Also available on vinyl LP.

Artist Biographies

"A prolific saxophonist, clarinetist and composer, Peter Van Huffel appears frequently in all sorts of ensembles and musical settings with musicians from around the world. He is the leader of the punk-jazz trio GORILLA MASK, (with bassist Roland Fidezius and drummer Rudi Fischerlehner), which has been active since 2009 and has performed at some of the most recognized venues across Europe and toured across Canada in 2013. They released their debut CD, "HOWL!", in 2012 on the German label "Between the Lines Records", and their second album, "Bite My Blues", in 2014 on the acclaimed Portuguese avant-garde label "Clean Feed Records" - both of which received rave reviews across Europe, North America and Japan, as well as much attention in radio and print media around the world.

Peter has also worked as the co-leader of two ensembles with Belgian vocalist Sophie Tassignon: the Berlin based ensemble House of Mirrors - a chamber style group featuring pianist Julie Sassoon and bassist Meinrad Kneer, which can be heard on their 2014 release "Act One" (featuring the group's original bassist, Miles Perkin); and HuffLiGNoN with bassist Michael Bates and trombonist Samuel Blaser, which released it's debut album on "Clean Feed Records" in 2008 to outstanding reviews including a Disque d'Émoi from France's Jazz Magazine - one of the magazine's top monthly mentions. The music of House of Mirrors covers an eclectic array of spectrums, including influences from 20th century composers, exploratory improvisations and lyrical songs. HuffLiGNoN, also chamber-esque but with heavier jazz influences, held performances in New York, Canada, and completed three extensive tours of Europe in 2008 and 2009.

In 2009, Peter developed an international quartet featuring musicians from all over the globe who came together in Berlin and Cologne to record Peter's second disc for Fresh Sound Records, "Like the Rusted Key". In 2010, this international quartet, (featuring New York pianist Jesse Stacken, bassist Miles Perkin, and Swiss drummer Samuel Rohrer), followed the release of their critically acclaimed CD with a series of four tours across Europe and a cross-Canada tour which included performances at some of Canada's top jazz festivals. Previously, Peter led the New York based PVH Quintet with Jesse Stacken, Scott DuBois, Michael Bates and Jeff Davis during his 2002-08 NYC residency. The group held regular performances at such New York staples as the 55 Bar, The Tea Lounge and the Cornelia Street Café, and toured Canada frequently. They can be heard on Peter's 2007 Fresh Sound Records release, "Silvester Battlefield" and on their 2005 independent release "On Common Ground".

Aside from GORILLA MASK, Peter is currently active with a slew of other projects including the Berlin duo KRONIX with Canadian-Ukrainian guitarist Alex Maksymiw - which released their debut CD on Fresh Sound records in early 2016; the New-York based trio BOOM CRANE, featuring Michael Bates (bass) and Jeff Davis (drums) which released its debut CD in 2014 (also on Fresh Sound/New Talent); and the Berlin based collaborative trio The Scrambling EX with legendary German musicians Andreas Willers and Oliver Steidle, which released it's debut album on England's FMR records in 2015. In addition, Peter also performs as a part of the Meinrad Kneer Quintet, the Scott Fields Freetet, and frequently with American guitarist Dan Nettles.

Aside from Peter's extensive discography as a bandleader, he can be heard on the 2006 release by the New York trio ANIMAL FORUM; two discs by NYC based guitarist Lily Maase; a re-scored DVD/CD release of the Buster Keaton film "Steamboat Bill Jr." by guitarist Dan Nettles as well as Dan's recent vinyl releases "Inside Voices" and "Outside Choices" (2015) with his regular ensemble Kenosha Kid; the 2014 release GrunGrauBraun on Gligg Records by the German ensemble HUM; and his debut CD from 2003, "Mind Over Matter" featuring his early Toronto-based ensemble. Peter also performs frequently with a number of other musicians from Europe, North America and beyond in variety of improvised and original-music settings."

-Peter Van Huffel Website (https://petervanhuffel.com/biography/)
2/16/2024

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"Roland Fidezius lives in Berlin, Germany, as a bassplayer (Acoustic and Electric) and composer. As a bandleader he recorded and produced the CD "Oscar & Emma" with his band ODD SHOT. The CD was released in 2005 on the Berlin label Konnex-Records. The CD was reviewed positively in many magazines and was rated high. for example with 5 stars the the Austrian Jazz-magazine JAZZZEIT.

2005 He received a scholarship from the city of Berlin to live and study in New York for two months.
2006 He received a grant from the city of Berlin to record a CD with the band "Die Dreckigen Drei", which was released in February 2007 on phonector.
2007 The band So Weiss was chosen for the Popcamp (Deutscher Musikrat).
2008 The band Lorenz Hargassner Quartet is the featured artist by Jazzthing/Next Generation in the month of February.
2010 He is the Berlin-Representative in the 1st Bundesjazzwerkstatt.
2013 He tours extnesively through Canada with the band Gorilla Mask, supported by the Canadian Arts Council and the Goethe-Institut.
2014 He plays several concerts in Spain and Portugal with the band Gorilla Mask, made possible through an invitaion by the Goethe-Institut.

With various bands he played at the following festaivals:Moers-Jazzfestival, Vancouver-Jazzfestival, Edmonton-Jazzfestival, Halifax-Jazzfestival, Ottawa-Jazzfestival, St. John's-Jazzfestival, Überjazz-Festival Hamburg, Leipziger Jazztage, Jazzfest München, Enjoy Jazz Mannheim, Dortmunder Jazztage

Therefore he traveled the folowing regions of the world:Europe, USA, Canada, Africa

Roland Fidezius got the chance to perform and record with many great musicians, some of them are:

Samuel Blaser, Peter Van Huffel, Gebhard Ullman, Tom Arthurs, Henrik Walsdorff, Christian Lillinger, Rudi Fischerlehner, Matthias Schubert, Christian Weidner, Kris Davis, Ingrid Laubrock, Jeff Davis, Jakob Wick, Josh Sinton, Frank Delle, Zach Brock (Stanley Clarke-Trio), Marlon Browden, Jonas Schoen, Gabriel Coburger, Benjamin Weidekamp, Tillmann Ehrhorn, Florian Trübsbach, Max von Mosch, Uli Kempendorff, Friedemann Matzeit, Finn Wiesner, Ritsche Koch, Thomas Siffling, Johannes Lauer, Jerome Bugnon (SEEED), Mathias Müller, Simon Harrer, Tony Hurdle, Buggy Braune, Carsten Daerr, Andreas Schmidt, Niki Thärichen, Pär Lammers (Komponist für Lena Meyer Landruth, Eurovision-Siegerin 2010), Bene Aperdannier, Christoph Adams, Benedikt Jahnel, Maria Baptist, Thibault Falk, John Schröder, Olaf Rupp, Hubertus Hildenbrand, Christian Kögel, Arne Jansen (u.a. Jazzanova, Nils Wülker), Andreas Willers, Oli Bott, Eric Schäfer, Sebastian Merk, Andi Haberl, Kai Schönburg, Ketan Bhati (Bushido), Paul Kaiser (Stanfour), Kristiina Tuomi, Iris Rohmen, Maurizio Ravalico (Jamiroquai), Andreas Weiser, Topo Gioa, Alfred Mehnert, Richard Howell, Owen Howard, Don Pi (Gilberto Gil), Michael Roach (Michael-Nyman-Band), Mikkel Ploug, Nicolas Masson, Sean Carpio, Dan Nettles (Kenosha Kid), Andrea Marcelli, Greg Bowen, Ben Aperdaniel-Wulff (Xavier Naidoo), Wilson de Oliveira (HR-Bigband) Tim Wilson, Owen Howard, Andrew Greenwald, Fred Kennedy, Todd Neufeld, Art Hirahara, Jesse Stacken, Rob Mosher Anna Webber und Kelvin Scholar.

He played with the following bigger bands and orchestras:Staatsorchester Fankfurt/Oder, Filmorchester Babelsberg, Gitte Haenning Orchester, Berlin Big Band, Open Source Orchester, Berliner Jugend Jazz Orchester

In the world of popmusic the following musicians asked for his bassplaying:Apparat, Sarah Connor, Nina Hynes, Erik Naess, Bürger Lars Dietrich, A Passionante

He was involved in the recording of filmmusic that was composed by the following composers: Max Richter, Christian Biegai, Christine Aufderhaar, Ennio Cacciato

Roland Fidezius studied Jazz-Bass from 1997 till 2003 at the university of the arts (Udk), Berlin. His Teachers were Sigi Busch, David Friedmann, Jerry Granelli, Kirk Nurock, Denny Goodhew, Peter Weniger, Till Brönner und Frank Möbus.

He took part in Workshops (e.g. Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, 2004) and had lessons with Scott Colley, Mark Helias, James Genus, Detlev Beier,Dieter Ilg, Reggie Washinton, Matthew Garrison, Dave Douglas, Bill Frisell, Jason Moran, Joey Baron, Han Bennink, Jay Clayton, Maria Schneider, Michael Gibbs and Frank Gratkowski.

As an electric and double bass player he worked with musicians like David Roach (Michael Nyman-Band), Don Pi (Gilberto Gil), Richard Howell, Topo Gioia, Matthias Schubert, Tom Arthurs, Peter van Huffel, he toured with the Berlin Youth Jazz Orchestra and in this context he participated in a project with the Staatsorchester Frankfurt/Oder.

He accompanied theatre projects at Hansa Thaeter and Neuköllner Oper (both in Berlin). As a studio musician he worked on productions with the Hip-Hop-Project "Back to Square One" and "Panorama" (both Hamton Rec.)"

-Roland Fidezius Website (http://www.rolandfidezius.de/)
2/16/2024

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"Rudi Fischerlehner plays drums in various different musical projects that fall between improvised and experimental music, jazz and post-rock. He also composes and produces music for bands, film and performances.

Born in 1977 in Austria he was introduced to the drums in his childhood and quickly started playing in bands as a teenager around Linz. Following a period studying classical percussion he moved to Vienna, travelled to Africa and China, spent a few month in New York and now resides in Berlin.

His current projects include Xenofox with Olaf Rupp, RMF with Rupp and Matthias Müller, Parrot´s Feathers with Matthias Schubert and Antonio Borghini, Fiium Shaarrk and Gorilla Mask.

Rudi works or has also worked in collaboration with Erste Stufe Haifisch, Andreas Willers, Tristan Honsinger, Julie Sassoon, La Tourette, Dominique Pifarely, Ingrid Laubrock, Tony Buck, Frank Paul Schubert, Zsolt Sőrés, Edoardo Maraffa and many more.

Projects in which he features have been regularly invited to important festivals and clubs worldwide and featured on radio programmes such as Ö1, BBC Radio 3 and Deutschlandfunk.

As a producer and composer for film soundtracks he contributed to movies by Ella Raidel, Johanna Kirsch and Katharina Lampert and was involved in the video or performance work of Katrin Plavcak, Wilhelm Groener, Rainer Kohlberger, Haroon Mirza and Tarek Atoui."

-Rudi Fischerlehner Website (http://www.rudifischerlehner.net/bio-e.html)
2/16/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Rampage 4:41

2. Brain Drain 6:07

3. Drum Song 6:10

4. Forgive Me, Mother 4:32

5. Caught in a Helicopter Blade 5:52

6. AVALANCHE!!! 3:08

7. Barracuda 4:02

8. The Nihilist 4:13

9. HOSER 3:53

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